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F - Organization of the work of the session

13. At the opening meeting of the session, the Governing Council considered and approved the organization of the work of the session in the light of the recommendations contained in the annotated provisional agenda (UNEP/GC.16/1/Add.1) and the timetable of meetings suggested by the Executive Director (UNEP/GC.16/1/Add.1, annex I).

14. In accordance with rule 60 of its rules of procedure and following the organizational structure for its sessions decided upon at its fifteenth session (decision 15/1, section II, paragraph 2 of 25 May 1989), the Governing Council at its opening meeting established two sessional committees of the whole, a Programme Committee to deal with programme matters and a Fund Committee to deal with the Environment Fund and administrative and other financial matters. The Council decided that the Programme Committee should be allocated, in addition to agenda item 7 (Programme matters, including the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification), agenda item 6 (a) (Co-operation between the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat)) and those parts of agenda item 6 (b) (Reports of the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination) dealing with the co-ordination and follow-up of the plan of Action to Combat Desertification. The Council also decided that the Fund Committee should be allocated agenda item 8 (The Environment Fund and administrative and other financial matters) and, during its consideration of the item, should take into account the report of the Executive Director on Fund target for 1995 (UNEP/GC.16/4/Add.5).

15. It was agreed that the Programme Committee and Fund Committee should be chaired respectively by Mr. Liburd (Guyana) and Mr. Penazka (Czechoslovakia), vice-presidents of the Council. The Council also decided that Mr. Dalindra Aman, Vice-President of the Council, would assist the President in the performance of his functions.

16. The Council further decided to establish an informal open-ended presidential negotiating group, with a core Membership of two representatives from each regional group to consider the texts of draft policy decisions before their submission to the plenary meeting of the Council for formal consideration.